|Coin||Gold Three Ounces 2012 Fabergé - Napoleonic Egg|
Niue, a sovereign state in free association with New Zealand, uses two official legal tender currencies. The New Zealand Dollar is the circulation currency for daily transactions, while the government also authorises legal tender coins in the Niue Dollar currency for collector's purposes.
A number of mints issue a large variety of commemorative and collector coins under the authority of Niue. These coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, including this very large three ounces of gold format (abbreviated as 3 oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum).
This coin is part of a series of coins dedicated to the famous Fabergé eggs, and depicts the Napoleonic Egg which was made to commemorate 100 years since the Patriotic War of 1812 in which Russia repulsed the French invasion by Napoleon.
A Fabergé egg (Russian: Яйца Фаберже́) is a jewelled egg created by the House of Fabergé, in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire. Possibly as many as sixty-nine were created, of which fifty-seven survive today. Virtually all were manufactured under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917, the most famous being the fifty-two "Imperial" eggs, forty-six of which survive, made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. Thanks to the exuberance, intricacy and splendour of decoration, Fabergé Eggs have gained a huge popularity as jewellery masterpieces.
The Napoleonic Egg was given to the Dowager Empress by Nicholas II in 1912. The egg was seized by the post-Russian Revolution governments and was sold in 1930 along with ten other eggs to the Hammer Galleries in New York City. It is now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York.
The egg's design commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Borodino during Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia. The egg is crafted out of yellow gold, with emerald panels, rubies and diamonds on its exterior. The interior of the egg is lined with satin and velvet. The egg still has its "surprise", a six-panel miniature screen depicting in watercolour six regiments of which Maria Fyodorovna was an honorary colonel. Each panel has on its reverse side the royal monogram of the Dowager Empress. The screen itself is made from translucent green emeralds, rose-cut diamonds and white enamel. The hinges of the screen are axe-topped fasces.
The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait", by Ian Rank-Broadley). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits. The designer's initials are not shown.
Below the neck truncation and over the I of ELIZABETH, the small MW mint mark of the Mint of Poland (m over W), for Mennica Warszawska (Mint of Warsaw).
The effigy is small and is in the upper half of the design, surrounded by a decorative neo-rococo scroll ornament. Horizontally below, ELIZABETH II. Around above, the rest of the legend: NIUE ISLAND.
The lower half of the design shows an open Fabergé egg - the "Spring Flowers" egg with a miniature basket of wood anemones inside.
Around left, facing outward, the face value and denomination: 100 DOLLARS. Around right, similarly facing out, the date of issue 2012.
Within a plain rim, the reverse of the coin shows the Napoleonic Egg made in 1912. On six small panels below, fragments of paintings depicting six Russian regiments which fought against the army of Napoleon.
Around above, the inscription IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGGS.
||IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGGS
Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: in luxury wooden presentation box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Coins in the Imperial Fabergé Eggs series include (ordered by metal / size / year):
- 10 oz Gold, Coronation Egg, 2012
- 10 oz Gold, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2014
- 3 oz Gold, Coronation Egg, 2010
- 3 oz Gold, Lilies of the Valley Egg, 2011
- 3 oz Gold, Clover Leaf Egg, 2011
- 3 oz Gold, Pansy Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Bay Tree Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Napoleonic Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2013
- 1 oz Gold, Coronation Egg, 2012
- 250 g Silver, Coronation Egg, 2012
- 250 g Silver, Third Imperial Egg, 2015
- 2 oz Silver, Coronation Egg, 2010
- 2 oz Silver, Lilies of the Valley Egg, 2010
- 2 oz Silver, Clover Leaf Egg, 2010
- 2 oz Silver, Pansy Egg, 2011
- 2 oz Silver, Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 2011
- 2 oz Silver, Bay Tree Egg, 2012
- 2 oz Silver, Napoleonic Egg, 2012
- 2 oz Silver, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2013
- 2 oz Silver, Trans-Siberian Railway Egg, 2014
- 2 oz Silver, Tsarevich Constellation Egg, 2018
- 2 oz Silver, Diamond Trellis Egg, 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Pelican Egg, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Mosaic Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Coronation Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Rosebud Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Swan Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Cockerel Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Lily Bouquet Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Winter Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Order of St George Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Napoleonic Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Alexander Palace Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Fifteenth Anniversary Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Third Imperial Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Royal Danish Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Caucasus Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Trans-Siberian Railway Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Peter the Great Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Standart Yacht Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Gatchina Palace Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Peacock Egg, 2017
- $1 Silver, Resurrection Egg, 2017
- $1 Silver, Catherine the Great Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Mosaic Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Pelican Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Romanov Tercentenary Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Blue Serpent Clock Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Empire Nephrite Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Pansy Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Red Cross Egg (with icons), 2020
- $1 Silver, Steel Military Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Rose Trellis Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Colonnade Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Tsarevich Constellation Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Twelve Panel Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Blue Striped Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Revolving Miniatures Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Tsarevitch Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Pinecone Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Twelve Monograms Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Red Cross Egg (with portraits), 2021
- $1 Silver, Basket of Flowers Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Memory of Azov Egg, 2021